Friday, July 17, 2015

Taking statins or not: Dueling perspectives

I've written a lot of posts on here about the issue of diabetes, cholesterol, and taking statins.  I suppose it's a pet topic of mine.  So when I saw these two articles almost back to back (they were published a couple years apart, but I only just saw both of them the other day) I had to blog about it.

April 3, 2013: Side Effects Prompt Patients To Stop Cholesterol Drugs

July 15, 2015: When To Start Taking A Cholesterol Pill? The Decision Is Yours

The two articles provide two contrasting points of view.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Dieting for diabetics

There was an interesting interview on NPR a little while back, about why diets don't work.  I found this story compelling because the world, or at least my little part in it, seems obsessed right now with dieting.  I'm getting pretty sick of reading status update after status update on Facebook about dieting, exercise, and everyone's weight obsession -- usually promoting some sort of product or pyramid scheme, of course.

And I can't help but notice how no one seems to be losing weight.  Seriously.  I watch everyone I know struggle with this day in and day out, obsessively restricting calories and foods and just as obsessively working out, and no one loses any weight.  I don't think that's a coincidence.

So I was extremely interested in what Traci Mann had to say about why diets don't work:

Friday, July 3, 2015

The debate on low fat

Low-fat foods may not be the ticket to health that we've been told they are.

New reports are starting to show that low-fat is not any healthier, and may actually be contributing to more weight gain.

Farewell, Low-Fat: Why Scientists Applaud Lifting A Ban On Fat

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Obesity vs. walking

Years ago I read a book called Diabetes Rising.  That book was about the rising number of diabetics, particularly type 2 diabetics.  Maybe we should be calling it "obesity rising" (although the percentage of type 1 diabetics is going up as well).

There are now more obese people than overweight people in the United States.

This is scary.  Very very scary.  Obesity amplifies all the health risks that are worsened by being overweight.

Luckily it turns out that just walking every day benefits your health much more than you realize.

Friday, June 19, 2015

If I had a nickel...

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the media is reporting yet another potential cure for diabetes.  This one is a vaccine that supposedly stops the autoimmune response, but of course in order to truly "cure" the person they have to still have to be able to still produce enough insulin to adequately control their body's sugars.  Which means you have to catch it early in order for this vaccine to work -- by the time most people are diagnosed, their body isn't producing enough insulin and therefore their sugars are way high.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Taking dieting too far

I believe that people in the United States need to eat healthier.  I believe that a lot of our country's health problems are directly related to the rising rate of obesity.  However, I also believe that you can take trying to be healthy too far.

I feel like I'm surrounded with people who take it too far.  Many of my friends are obsessed with taking supplements and working out, and to be perfectly honest I can't see that it does any of them any good.  But most disturbing to me are the people who push their dieting habits onto their kids.

That's why this article caught my eye:

I freaked out when my 10-year-old told me she had a salad for lunch. Here’s why.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Trying to snack less? Change how you store food

Whether you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, less mindless snacking is a good thing.  For someone who is type 1, mindless snacking means you might not know how much insulin to give yourself, in addition to the potential of eating too much and gaining weight.  For someone who is type 2, you're probably needing to watch your caloric intake and hopefully lose weight.

New studies show that snacking can be influenced by how you store food.

How We Store Food At Home Could Be Linked To How Much We Eat